Windows 7 upgrade? NOT SO FAST

Ok, I posted about how impressed I was about the windows 7 upgrade process here

And the main reason I was so impressed is that I did the upgrade to my workstation with the following specs:

– Easily 10 different USB devices & 2 different hubs plugged in at all times
– Firewire used for video editing
– close to 100 applications installed from all over the place.
– VMWARE workstation installed running test machines & extra virtual network devices
– 12 gigs of ram
– two different RAID Configs for two sets of hard drives etc…

bottom line, its NOT a simple computer to upgrade.  I work the crap out of this machine daily, and it upgraded fine initially.

And that’s where I’m starting to struggle.  Just today:

  1. I lost the nice Windows Aero feature.  Seems pretty hard to get back, which doesn’t make any sense.  The troubleshooter can tell me that my desktop manager services aren’t running, but I can’t turn them back on.  WHY so complicated?  Running this OS without the Aero is dull, I feel like I’m being punished and thrown back to a retro windows 2000 look now.  Let me switch it on if I want!!  I guess I’ll have to troubleshoot it for hours now to fix it.
  2. I lost audio randomly, but after 5 minutes of waiting for the “troubleshooter” if fixed the service that wasn’t running.. how did it get turned off?  But wait my youtube videos don’t play sound now??
  3. I’ve had a few programs crash/not work… a crystal reports runtime issue mainly for now…older programs, but still….
  4. Backup – I have a buffalo terastation, an incredibly simple network storage device that I use for backup on my network.  The new Microsoft BACKUP program will NOT allow me to send a backup to a device without Network authentication of some unknown kind, so I can’t do a backup of files to my incredibly simple network storage unit.  YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!  I have to setup a Microsoft machine on my network for backups???  COME ON!!  I literally tried basic auth with a user name and password I was able to config and test, Microsoft backup won’t use it.  sweet!  I know, I’ll use an incredibly simple file replication tool instead.  Just use Karen’s Replicator if you need to run a backup.  It actually works over the network.

SO, hang in there, and don’t upgrade yet.  Microsoft has some patching to do and I’m stuck grumpy in windows 2000 land with crap I have to fix.

Windows 7 upgrade – its EASY!

Over the weekend I took the plung and upgraded my main workstation from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.

Initial impression:

I’m extremely impressed by Microsoft.  They did an AWESOME job with the upgrade.  Everything works, my machine is faster, it boots faster, etc.  Adobe Premiere CS4 works including all the special codecs I installed before.  All my user settings like saved passwords, outlook, firefox, IE etc… all migrated seamlessly.

This is by far the easiest “upgrade” of an OS I’ve ever done.  I’ll post more after I’ve used the machine for a while.


Can I upgrade to windows 7? Here is how to check

In our testing at Corneredge Windows 7 has performed well.  I’ve already loaded it on two machines that could not even run Vista and they are running great.

SO, I’m tempted planning to upgrade my workstation.  Microsoft seems to have really done their homework with the upgrade this time, and I’m looking forward to the features in windows 7.

If you are thinking the same way, download this tool to get a nice checklist of what you need to do before installing windows 7.

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor